Figures highlighted by the media this week again show the sharp fall in Victorian plantation areas over more than 10 years. It’s a reminder to the Victorian Government and Opposition that plantation expansion should be addressed by both sides of politics ahead of the state election later this year, CEO of the Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) Deb Kerr said today.
The Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) congratulates our member Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) on its state-of-the-art Gelliondale nursery in Gippsland, capable of producing up to 14 million seedlings a year, Deb Kerr, CEO of VFPA, said today. The Victorian Forestry Plan supported the nursery expansion with an $875,000 investment.
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ABARES report shows a steep decline in plantation areas – but new trees are needed to tackle climate change and meet structural timber demand. The Victorian softwood estate has remained static since the early 1990s. That is at odds with new house builds that have increased by 66% since 1984, while the softwood estate, which is critical to construction, increased by only 23% over the same timeframe.